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Found this fellow and 2 of its mates amongst mums retaining wall today along with plenty of gravid legless lizards(orange bellied ones) and some skinks. He posed well for the set up photo before being released back into the scrub much to mums dissmay and protest.
Sorry for the quality of the piccy but i wasnt getting the camera any closer as it doesnt look like our usual swampies.
Closest i have found through google is the dwarf or golden crowned snake. It has a pink belly and the gold extends from tip of the snout to just behind the head but doesnt join. All were less than 30cms.
I assume they eat beatles and other insects as there was heaps amongst the decaying plant matter. All the skinks were found next to or very close to black ants nests.
Last edited by MontePython; 16-Jan-12 at 06:40 PM.
golden crowned dnake?
I think haha.
golden crown for sure they do bite but it only gives you localised pain and maybe headache
Woo my first I.d!
- 16-Jan-12, 06:57 PM #5
It's a Golden Crowned Snake, they eat mostly frogs and small skinks such as Lampropholis delicata. Those legless lizards are not actually legless lizards at all but a species of skink either Hemiergis talbingoensis or much more likely in your location Saiphos equalis.Keeper, breeder and photographer of geckos.
cheers guys, the skinks were Saiphos equalis. They are bloody nice looking.
Plenty of Lampropholis delicata and Menetia greyii around there too.
- 16-Jan-12, 07:44 PM #7
Hey was this in Newcastle itself? If so mind sticking up a pic of the M.greyii I've never seen them that far East.
Cheers.Keeper, breeder and photographer of geckos.
ill get some piccies next time im over there, too quick to catch. Is there another species similar? and local? noticed you are close by, mums is fairly close to lake Mac. They look nearly identicle to the ones i used to get in scone. Definately diferent to Lampropholis guichinoti which i assume are the common garden variety.
- 16-Jan-12, 08:54 PM #9
Not really any other options I can think about. I find up this way L.delicata are far more common in gardens while further south L.guichenoti are more common. But both of those occur around this way.Keeper, breeder and photographer of geckos.
- 16-Jan-12, 10:00 PM #10
Most likely a Golden Crowned snake because of head markings. Did you make a call of southern dwarf crowned snake (Cacophis Krefftii) because it's only 30 cm? Golden crowned adults are more towards 75cm. Nice searching monte!
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- 16-Jan-12, 11:18 PM #11Most likely a Golden Crowned snake because of head markings.Keeper, breeder and photographer of geckos.
- 17-Jan-12, 08:43 AM #12
Yep, totaly agree with you GeckPhotographer !
- 18-Jan-12, 07:49 AM #13
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- 18-Jan-12, 09:06 AM #15
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